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Inexpensive .22 LR Revolvers.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Browning, Jun 22, 2008.


What best describes you?

Poll closed Oct 20, 2008.
  1. I already have a revolver in .22 LR.

    130 vote(s)
  2. Not yet, but I'll probably get one soon due to ammo costs.

    45 vote(s)
  3. I don't really like .22 revolvers, not enough pop to them.

    2 vote(s)
  4. I don't like revolvers period much less ones in .22 LR.

    1 vote(s)
  5. I like .22 semi-auto pistols, but not revolvers.

    10 vote(s)
  1. Browning

    Browning Well-Known Member

    I bought an inexpensive H&R 6 inch .22 LR revolver a little while back to just have fun with, as maybe a survival kit gun, for general plinking and of course to try and conserve money on ammo. With price of ammo being what it is it's even getting expensive to shoot 9mm or .38 Special. Only thing is that I didn't have a handgun in .22 LR until I bought this recently (for $150) just to mess around with.

    Anyway, I had a chance to go to the range today after buying some of the cheapest ammo I could find ($8 for 500 rds of Federal Lightening 40 grain Lubricated Lead Round Nose). It didn't do half bad for being an inexpensive gun that you have to practically take apart in order to load (you hit the rod button parallel to the barrel and just underneath it, you pull out the rod and the cylinder comes out completely, you load up the cylinder, replace the cylinder and stick the rod back in through it while pressing the rod button, you fire the gun until empty and then repeat the process - I used the cylinder rod to knock out some of the stubborn empty cases).

    I put up the target at 25 yards since I bought it as kind of a general field/survival type plinker that might end up possibly being used on squirrels and rabbits so I figured that it would be best shot at that range as usually that's about the closest you'll be able to get to small animals. I bought a silhouette type of a target because there's more paper to shoot up. You just pick a different place on the target and then just shoot that part instead as you go instead of constantly aiming for the head or center mass. That's what I do anyway.

    The 25 yard range / The target's 2nd from left.
    H&R at 25 yards.jpg

    I fired one round over the silhouettes shoulder and then just aimed for that bullet hole with the rest.
    H&R .22 revolver Pic #1.jpg

    Initial shot's 1 inch down from the 'I' and 'G' in the part of the script that says 'Signature' in the sentence 'Range Officers Signature'
    H&R .22 revolver Pic #2.jpg

    It's not that bad for a 9 shot group with crappy bargain basement ammo while just screwing around huh?

    I fired single action for all 9 shots, but as soon as the sight was on target again on that hole I just fired again and I didn't end up waiting a long time between shots trying to get it perfect. I shot over the shoulder of the target because by that point the target was pretty chewed up and I didn't feel like buying another one and then waiting 15 minutes to put up another one, shooting it and then waiting 15 minutes more to go down range and grab it (man it was hot today).

    Anybody else bought an inexpensive .22 LR revolver lately for the same purpose?
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2008
  2. 3KillerBs

    3KillerBs Well-Known Member

    I don't enjoy shooting revolvers. But one day I will probably own a .22 revolver since I think that there is no better gun for introducing a new pistol shooter to basic principles and I hope to be in the position of introducing people to pistol shooting at some point.
  3. eliphalet

    eliphalet Well-Known Member

    Owned at least one 40 years now. Be smart, don't buy some cheap junk get a Single-Six at the least.
  4. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    My Rossi is a great little .22 revolver. It's very accurate, all stainless, a copy of the Smith Kit Guns. It's got a rough DA, but sweet SA. I got nothing against "cheap" .22 revolvers, myself. I've shot H and Rs in the past, pretty fun. They may not be snob guns, but they shot just fine. The coke cans didn't know the difference. I have a friend that is absolutely nuts over, and collects High Standard Double Nines. For the life of me, I can't understand his infatuation with 'em, but they are kinda neat guns to shoot. He's had his first one for 35 years and will no doubt will it to one of his kids.

    I mean, there's "cheap" and then there's stuff like RG that's not worthy of being called a revolver. But, stuff like H&Rs and High Standards are neat little plinkers, cheap or not. My Rossi is a step above those while not being of Smith and Wesson quality. It's still an accurate, rugged little revolver and I like it.
  5. Virginian

    Virginian Well-Known Member

    In October of 1966 I bought a Bison 22 from Western Auto in Blacksburg, VA, for $27. It was the most accurate 22 revolver I have ever seen. I still have it, but it has seen better days. Love my new Single six. Had about 10 others in between, and they were all okay.
  6. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Takes me back. I started revolver life as a teen in about 1969 with a Hawes .22 LR/Mag switch cylinder.....37.50 plus tax. :D I sold it a long time ago. It was a neat gun, being my ONLY handgun. :D
  7. CH47gunner

    CH47gunner Well-Known Member

    S&W Model 63

    I think every good battery needs at least one .22 revolver.

    I have a S&W J frame Model 63, with the 4" barrel. Tho this not really an inexpensive revolver it's not actually an expensive one either. I also have a Ruger MKII Target 512 as I don't believe in limiting myself to brands or functions.
    I favor the revolver while my Wife shoots the Ruger more than I do. It all works out.

  8. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I LOVE my Mark II..:D
  9. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    Hope you enjoy the revolver. My old H&R had sights that tended to work loose. Keep an eye on the screws. Mine also spit hot powder and lead shavings.... I got tired of that and got rid of it.

    I handled a 4" S&W 617 today. That is a nice 22 revolver!! There always seems to be another one to buy.
  10. Harley Quinn

    Harley Quinn Well-Known Member

    I like revolvers, I have some. The pistol is pretty much king now ;)
  11. rainbowbob

    rainbowbob Well-Known Member

    I have an H&R that was given to me by a friend. The cylinder can be removed and replaced with a .22 mag cylinder. But unless I'm confused (possible) or we are talking about two different revolvers (possible) I can't hardly believe that you have to remove the cylinder to reload.

    With my H&R, I half-cock the hammer until the cylinder spins freely. I open the loading gate and use the ejector rod to remove the spent casings - then reload, close the gate, cock and fire SA (or uncock and shoot DA).

    Isn't yours the same?

    [Edit] I just went back and read the OP and realized you must be talking about a nine-shooter...mine is a six-shooter. So obviuosly they aren't the same. Still - is there really no ejector rod and loading gate?
  12. bestseller92

    bestseller92 Well-Known Member

    The Single Six is the King of .22 single actions. They last FOREVER.
  13. Savage Shooter

    Savage Shooter Well-Known Member

    Thats debatable I would have to go with the ever so indistructable Bearcat I love mine. I have to admit if i get another .22 revolver its going to be a single six. So can have a .22mag.
  14. 22LongRifle

    22LongRifle Well-Known Member

    Now, this is the second H&R revolver I've seen that can hit paper at 25 yards! Normally, they just plain suck.

    I have an older standard model from the early 80s that can put nine shots in a 1" group at 25 yards! My jaws dropped! Most of the times H&Rs have patterns instead of groups.

    I have an old MK1, the H&R, and Ruger Bearcat. Love them all.

  15. Legionnaire

    Legionnaire Well-Known Member

    Everyone ought to have a Single Six. And the .22 version of the SP101 is nice (although hard to find, and therefore NOT inexpensive).
  16. woad_yurt

    woad_yurt Well-Known Member

    H&R revolvers....

    When you remove the cylinder to unload the empties, use the cylinder pin to push the ejector out. It'll dump all of them at once.
  17. ClemY

    ClemY Well-Known Member

    I helped fix one of the top break H&R revos for a friend. Taking them apart is easy enough: drift out the 3 pins. Putting them back together in working order can be a major ordeal. The mechanism is straight out of the 19th century, with no visable improvements made along the way.

    I have a few Ruger and S&W .22 revos. The H&R is junk by comparison.
  18. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    Revolver or Semi? I like 'em both. And I love 22's. I loved 'em long before ammo costs went up.

    I've got a couple of revolvers.


    I solved that problem by getting one of each. :D The Bearcat gets carried most every day. The big Dan Wesson shoots like a laser beam. The Single Six ain't bad either.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2008
  19. Browning

    Browning Well-Known Member

    Rainbow Bob : If you look at the second pic down you can see that there's a loading gate, but no ejector rod to knock out the empties unless you take out the cylinder rod (might as well just take the cylinder out altogether).
  20. cerberus65

    cerberus65 Well-Known Member

    +1 on "no better gun for introducing a new pistol shooter to basic principles" They're brain-dead easy to operate and no recoil to speak of.

    I recently acquired a very nice, used S&W model 34 for the express purpose of starting my wife out on it. Well, and my collection felt like it had a hole in it without a .22 revolver. :)

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